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Along for the ride, on a bike and in life

The WCOOP ended not too long ago. Some of you might have heard about a WCOOP prop bet I made with fellow PokerStars Team Pro Eugene Katchalov, and I thought I'd give a report on how that went. Eugene and I really wanted to come up with some sort of bet that would be hard for the person who lost, but something that was still healthy and not too crazy. And not money-related, either. So we went through a few possibilities and had lots of suggestions from others, and eventually...more

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ElkY's 2009 PCA memories

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PCA 2013: The making of a rock star named ElkY


There is an argument to be made that Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier was a rockstar long before 2008. That argument goes something like, "In the world of Starcraft, people looked at ElkY like he was Elvis." That may be so, but I will contend until my dying day that I saw...more

ElkY chasing his third WCOOP title


Team PokerStars Pro Elky is something else. It's yet to be determined what that something else actually is though. Cyborg? Superhero? Manga made flesh? He's known by one name*, has scored $10,078,385 in live tournament winnings, has won the Triple Crown (has EPT, WSOP and WPT titles) and possesses two...more

Mercier, Elky and Selbst complete a Global Poker Index hattrick

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Team PokerStars Pro have completed an epic one, two, three at the top of the Global Poker Index (GPI) with tournament titans Jason Mercier (1st), Betrand 'ElkY' Grospellier (2nd) and Vanessa Selbst (3rd) this week claiming podium positions. Mercier cashed six times at this year's WSOP making one final table...more

Tale of the tape: ElkY vs. Lex Veldhuis


In 2009, two Team PokerStars Pros, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Lex "RasZi" Veldhuis got into a friendly confrontation that led to the two making a prop bet where they would square off against each other in the ring -- mixed-martial-arts style. The two agreed to fight it out, seriously, but...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary review: ElkY, one name says it all


The advent of online poker has done a lot for the cult of personality. These days, just about any kid who makes a splash online can walk into a room and be known only by his screen name. One man, however, did not culture his image in online poker. He...more

WSOP 2011: ElkY dons poker's Triple Crown with 7-stud championship win


It's a documented fact that Betrand "ElkY" Grospellier wins every tournament he enters. Well, almost, anyway. For the past half-decade, ElkY's trip from Starcraft to poker saw him notch titles on the European Poker Tour and World Poker Tour. The journey earned him fame, validation, and more than $7 million....more

Variance may be king, but I wear the crown


The EPT Grand Final is always one of the most prestigious event of the year. I came fully prepared and very excited about the change of host city to Madrid. Even though I'm not superstitious at all, it's a bit frustrating when there is a place where you don't have...more

Why you should join me in the Bahamas for the PCA


by ElkY January 2008 was the turning point of my poker career. My victory then at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure will always be my best memory of a poker tournament. All my friends were there to root for me, and the thrill and excitement of winning is why we all...more

WCOOP 2010: David Williams, ElkY among final 64 in Event #12, $215 Heads-up NLHE


Almost exactly one year ago, it took Eugene "MyRabbiFoo" Katchalov nearly 24 straight hours of poker to capture the WCOOP heads-up title. Katchalov won 11 consecutive matches during this feat of endurance and should probably have received a medal, a stiff drink, and a new puppy along with his his...more

WCOOP 2010: Looking forward to going back to my roots


by ElkY WCOOP. Those five letters means so much to me that I can't even fathom to tell you all about it. WCOOP is an awesome tournament series for so many reasons, and I'm always looking for that special time of the year when I can finally go back to...more

2009 WCOOP: The man who beat ElkY


It's not easy to beat Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier heads-up. Just ask the people who faced him at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, the WPT Festa el Lago, or any other of the countless tournaments ElkY has won. There is one man, however, who has done it and won more than half...more

ElkY goes through hell...willingly


Surviving the World Series of Poker takes more than nursing your bankroll. It takes more than running well and popping antidepressants like they were Pez. It takes a surprising amount of physical strength and discipline. Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier knows about getting in shape. Five years ago he...more

ElkY guides you up the Steps


If you've been keeping an eye on the PokerStars tournament lobby, you know the World Series satellites have been rocking and rolling over the past couple of weeks. Once again, you have countless ways to get into the world's biggest poker event. PokerStars continues to offers one of the most...more

ElkY scores WPT Player of the Year honors

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And here we thought the news was going to be about ElkY crossing the $5 million in career earnings mark. Silly us for once again failing to realize that Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier will always find a way to amaze. According to the fine reporting from the World Poker Tour bloggers,...more

ElkY to cross $5 million career live earnings


We have a request for Betrand "ElkY" Grospellier: stop making us work so much. Writing a blog that follows Team PokerStars is a busy job, to be sure. With more than 30 members who tend to tear up tournaments on a regular basis, we find it hard to write about...more

How ElkY won the WPT Festa al Lago

Sunday night, we mentioned here that ElkY had managed to win the World Poker Tour Festa al Lago. As it happened, ElkY won his first WPT event in the same year he won his first EPT event (the PCA in January of this year). Of course, we had to ask...more

ElkY takes down WPT Festa al Lago

Since it seems impossible to overstate a performance by Team PokerStars Pro Betrand "ElkY" Grospellier, let's just lead this post with a simple understatement. ElkY is having a pretty good year. Without going too far into the praise and burying the lead, we should point out right now that ElkY...more

WCOOP: ElkY reflects on banner performance

Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier had a fantastic WCOOP, cashing seven times and nearly winning a bracelet. He agreed to give us a few of this thoughts now that WCOOP is behind him. by ElkY Since I began playing poker online, WCOOP has become the most awaited series of...more

2008 World Series: Poker, the past and peroxide

In the world of professional gaming it pays to look a little edgy. The millions of fans who tune in to the Star League in South Korea like their World Cyber Games to put on a show, a space-aged one at that, and back in the day when man...more

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